The First Video Of Earth Bombarded By Meteors From Orbit

The First Video Of Earth Bombarded By Meteors From Orbit


See those explosions of light against the backdrop of our ever-spinning Earth? They are meteors burning through our planet’s mesosphere, captured from the International Space Station in a time-lapse made of 316 still frames by astronaut Don Pettit.

The meteors are the Lyrids, a meteor shower that happens each year when Earth crosses material left by the periodic Comet C/1861 G1 Thatcher.

I don’t think I would be able to be an astronaut on board the ISS. I would be looking through the cupola constantly.